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“Large Art Dreaming” is an ambitious collaboration between the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (STMA) and Athens artist Broderick Flanigan. From Sept. 16 to Nov. 6, museum visitors will find large-scale paintings made by Clarke County Middle School students with Flanigan’s mentorship, a mural being painted on the gallery wall from Sept. 27 to Oct. 9 by Flanigan and a small group of high schoolers, and a selection of Flanigan’s own paintings.

In June and July of this year, Flanigan worked with a group of middle school students from Clarke County Middle School to create the large panel paintings for this exhibition, inspired by artist Steffen Thomas’s philosophy of the Brotherhood of Mankind.

From Sept. 27 to Oct. 9, visitors will be able to watch a mural being painted on the gallery wall. Flanigan and a small group of students from Clarke County High School and Morgan County High School will bring their design to life.

Visitors will have another chance to meet Broderick Flanigan at the “Large Art Dreaming” reception on Oct. 16 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. All are welcome at this free event, which will include a talk by Flanigan on working with students to create the panels and mural as well as his own artistic processes.

Flanigan is the owner of Flanigan’s Portrait Studio and a self-taught mural/portrait artist in Athens who is known for his grassroots approach to public art. In 2015, Flanigan created the organization HARPS (Helping Art Reach Public Spaces) – a hands-on mural arts program for teens that also engages nonprofits and community leaders – which he continues to lead. His art has been exhibited at the Lyndon House Art Center, ATHICA, and the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation; his murals may be seen on buildings across the city of Athens.

This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, and the generous donations from STMA patrons.

The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., located at 4200 Bethany Rd in rural Buckhead. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for children ages 6 and under. STMA continues to observe safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. For groups of ten or more, guests are asked to schedule their visit in advance to guarantee enough space for social distancing – call 706-342-7557 or email

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